Pacifica Graduate Institute cordially invites you to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us at our Ladera Lane Campus. We are excited to host this event as a celebration of the rich culture and history of our Asian American and Pacific Islanders and to honor our AAPI members who have made significant contributions to the field of Depth Psychology and mental health, diversity, and service to the community.Join us on May 15th, 2023 as we come together to enjoy AAPI food, music, and art. The event will also feature engaging talks and panel discussions from leading AAPI scholars, therapists, and healers. This event is open to everyone, and we encourage you to join us to learn more about Asian-Pacific American history and culture.

The celebration will include a keynote presentation by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Presidio Research Center, who recently showcased their Filipino Oral History Project, a collection of stories and archives showing the rich history of the Filipino community in Santa Barbara. Director of the Presidio Research Center, Dez Alaniz and UCSB  Religious Studies Department’s Shannon Toribio will be joining us.

In addition to our keynote presentation, the evening will feature traditional Asian and Pacific Islander food, music, and art. Attendees will experience engaging talks and panel discussions from leading Asian American and Pacific Islander scholars, therapists, and healers. We are also hosting a free Webinar, A Myth from the Philippines A Drooling Ten-Headed Being: Insights into Our Life of Communications and Change, on May 17th, 2023.

“Pacifica is proud to host community engagement events that recognize the contributions and heritage of our Asian American and Pacific Islander community members,” said Dr. Leonie H. Mattison, President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. “Along with our recent Black History Month and Women’s International Day gatherings, we are grateful for these continued opportunities to celebrate cultures, histories, and achievements in ways that deepen our value of building an inclusive campus climate and our mission to tend to the soul of and in the world.”

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to American history, culture, and society. Pacifica Graduate Institute is proud to honor this heritage by hosting this special event.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting celebration!


Monday, May 15, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
This event will be hosted at Ladera Lane Campus and Online via live stream.
  • You will receive an email with the zoom webinar details prior the event.
  • For attending this event, your application fee of $75 will be waived.

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Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus

(801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93013)


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PT – Dinner
Located in the Ladera Dining Hall

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT – Program, Speakers, and Awards
Located in the Ladera Barrett Center

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Admissions Department at or 805.879.7305.

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Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus

(801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93013)


5:00-6:00 pm Dinner
Located in the Ladera Dining Hall

6:00-7:00 pm Program, Speakers, and Awards
Located in the Ladera Barrett Center

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.


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